2 Pieces Eskimo & First Nations

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  1. cxgirl

    cxgirl Well-Known Member

    Hi All,
    2 pieces I need help with.
    any information appreciated
    thanks for looking:)
    #1 has a Genuine Eskimo made sticker on it, 2"H - would this be tusk? It is polished up, so maybe a glaze or finish on it? What is it?
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    #2 is a carved brooch, 3"L, signed S. Matalpi, what kind of bird is it?

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  2. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    The first item is a character called a "Billiken". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billiken

    The material looks like it might be a sperm whale tooth. I would be more certain if the base showed a conical hollow, but it looks like a plug has been inserted. How big is it?
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  3. cxgirl

    cxgirl Well-Known Member

    thanks 2manybooks:) it is 2 inches. I never thought a tooth because of the plug thing but it could very well be. I've got some sperm whale teeth around here, will compare the size
    Billiken, I should have known that, thanks
  4. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    Oh girl....U so cute !!!!;):kiss::kiss::kiss:

    Stan Matilpi.....
    & ...y'know...... it says Whale Fin.....right on the back !!!

    Sooooo, I'm thinking it's a Whale Fin bird !!
    y'ever hear of one of those???
    Me neither !! :playful::playful::playful::playful:
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  5. cxgirl

    cxgirl Well-Known Member

    ROFLMAO, I am the pits at figuring out what the carvings are, thank-you Komokwa:)
  6. pearlsnblume

    pearlsnblume Well-Known Member

    The first one is simply adorable. Can't help tho with any info.
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  7. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    Yes, the Billiken is classic and sweet....
    the cap and label only enhance it !
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  8. cxgirl

    cxgirl Well-Known Member

    I think so too pearls:)

    @komokwa , the top circle part is called a cap?
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  9. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    no....the cap is on the large end , to seal it up...

    like a powder horn..........eg.


    Also called a plug...!
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  10. J Dagger

    J Dagger Well-Known Member

    I think I have this sticker on an ivory (not sure what kind) bottle opener. It’s really faded but pretty sure it’s the same funny looking image.
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